BRIO is an acronym for Bröderna Ivarsson Osby. Osby refers to their location in the south of Sweden, and Bröderna Ivarsson means “the Ivarsson Brothers” who inherited the company. The company has been ongoing since 1884, and is famous for its wooden train models. Whether simple and classic, or mechanized with magnets, batteries, or remote control, the BRIO company is dedicated to producing high quality toys for the enjoyment of their customers. So iconic has BRIO become, that other toy companies or even construction companies, have taken to producing BRIO-compatible products. Buyers can opt to mix brands—for example, a genuine BRIO train, with compatible plastic tracks by IKEA—for a more affordable complete set. The BRIO’s line of Theodore Tugboat models have become collector’s items, as they were discontinued when the series finished in 2000.
Another iconic toy produced by the BRIO company, are their BRIO-mec construction kits. Slats or blocks of wood, riddled with round holes, can be connected through those holes with colored plastic joints. BRIO-mec construction kits provide hours of enjoyment, as well as great satisfaction in the finished project. The locking joints allow for a less delicate finished project to be displayed.
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